It’s not unusual for habitual critics of religion as Bill Maher voicing negative attitudes towards anyone with religious convictions, particularly if you are Christian or Mormon. However the intense criticism of Tim Tebow from sport commentators, being spoofed on Saturday Night Live, and other undeserved harsh criticism leaves open that religious bigotry has a lot to do with the intense scrutiny.http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=1503986
Tebow is known for his Christian faith and not hiding it from anyone. This troubles those who have no faith or lack any religious convictions. They then project their own insecurities on others who are not ashamed of religious beliefs.
The ridicule of Tebow goes beyond sports not unlike the convictions of Mohammed Ali who chose to go to prison than renounce his religious convictions. Ultimately, Ali was proven correct, but not after until being forced to give up his heavyweight title and suffered from lack of endorsements usually reserved for a sports icon which personally cost him millions of dollars.www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/May-June-08/On-this-Day–Muhamm…
Never has a back-up quarterback received such handling where even Saturday Night Live finds the necessity to spoof Tebow’s religious convictions. SNL presenting that even Jesus thought the actions of Tebow were over the top merely projects the program’s writers pushing their own agenda during the satire.
NBC Commentator Jelisa Castrodale noted, “The NFL’s other backup turned starters don’t generate this type of negativity”.
The other NFL backup quarterbacks don’t claim any religious convictions as Tebow does.
CBS Analyst Randy Cross said that people, especially the media, root against him (Tebow) because of what he stands for.”
Vilifying because of their beliefs sounds like bigotry, something the media has against religious expression. Tebow has done better than expected as a fill in quarterback, but the criticism leveled against him has little to do with his athletic ability.
Radio host Bill Press let loose with some acid talk on Tebow by saying, “I’m tired of hearing Tim Tebow and all this Jesus talk.” Press called Tebow a “disgrace” and “embarrassment”. Press exposed himself as a bigot with his views that had nothing to do with Tebow’s performance. Once again, tolerance is reserved for those that are perceived to deserve it.
Consider the comments of left wing Rabbi Joshua Hammerman who said, “if Tebow wins the Super Bowl, against all odds, it will buoy his faithful, and embolden faithful can do insane things, like burning mosques, bashing gays, and indiscriminately banishing immigrants. While America has become more inclusive since Jerry Falwell’s first political forays, a Tebow triumph could set those efforts back considerably.”
Suggesting that a Tebow triumph would lead evangelical Christians on a search and destroy mission against mosques or begin exiling anyone with a foreign accent is diatribe to the ultimate level. It demonstrates the irrationality of some media observers on religion. Choosing to portray such backwards thinking over the airways or in print shows lack of discretion or wisdom. Prejudicial thinking always makes sense to the one polluted.
Those with bigotry in their thinking enjoy hiding behind the “separation of church and state” whenever possible, but the majority of ill will has little to do with the constitution. By inspecting comments made by supposedly fair individuals, bias always manages to bubble to the surface in highly prejudicial statements.http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/dec/20/murrays-bigotry-not-isolated/
There are those that object to Tebow crediting Jesus Christ for anything, the same thinking also restricts Christians from crediting Christ in work endeavors, school functions and other public venues. The First Ammendment needs to be introduced to these narrow-minded individuals who take pleasure in restricting religious expression.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution
If you don’t want to practice any form of religion, that’s your choice. However, restricting others or ridiculing other for doing so shows you have issues of your own.